CMU Daily - on the inside 31 Jan 2003
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In today's CMU Daily:
• Label bosses unhappy with EU anti-piracy measures,
• What to make of the Rajars,
• US dancestar nominees announced,
• Townshend enquiry pushed back,
• Franklin disputes police claims of being unhelpful,
• Ministry plan photo id door policy,
• Review: Adaptation Ost,
• White Stripes announce US release of album number four,
• Zwan on target for US number one,
• Live Review: Inme @ Norwich Waterfront,
• Rapper Juvenile arrested,
• Stripped down ‘Let It Be’ due for release,
• NME gig bands play instore across the road,
• Agent says radio is where the big money is at,
• Third generation phones will launch in March,
• MTV in India slams MTV US cartoon,
• Review: Turbonegro - Apocolypse Dudes / Asscobra,
• Ash on their spooky recordings,
• Crowe’s band duets with Hynde,
• Chrysalis hope to roll out LBC format around the UK,
• Madonna not sick of Britain

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What shocking activity did MTV feel the need to ‘blur out’ of an interview with Kurt Cobain, recorded in the early nineties and re-aired as part of VH1 documentary earlier this week?

Answer on Monday

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LABEL BOSSES UNHAPPY WITH EU ANTI-PIRACY MEASURES
Record label bosses have attacked EU proposals for combating music piracy as being "inadequate". The new proposals come after EU officials recognised the problems of piracy, and the impact it has on the music industry. They want to harmonise existing piracy legislation across the European Union so pirates can’t base themselves in one EU country where the law is lax and then supply their European neighbours with pirated music. Proposed legislation plans to be tough on bootleggers – jailing and freezing the bank accounts of counterfeiters. But officials do not want to criminalise people who download music from the internet for their own use.

But global industry association, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reckons the proposals failed to introduce "urgently needed measures to hold back the epidemic of counterfeiting". In a statement they said: "The Commission's unambitious draft directive fails to introduce harmonisation at the levels necessary to ensure that pirates can no longer play on national differences to avoid detection and prosecution." Adding proposals "do not even reach the levels already available under some existing national laws".

The IFPI is expected to continue lobbying for stricter legislation as the directive goes forward to the European Parliament.

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WHAT TO MAKE OF THE RAJARS
The latest radio listening figures – the RAJARs – were released yesterday based on audience sizes for the last quarter of 2002. And they delivered more good news for Radio 2 and Classic FM, more bad news for Capital, and ammunition for BBC London against the Londumb Campaign.

But first, whatever the performance of individual stations, there was good news for the commercial radio sector with the BBC’s lead in overall audience share continuing to slip – from 7.3 in the second quarter of 2002, to 7.1% in the third, to 7% in the last quarter. Paul Brown, chief executive of the Commercial Radio Companies Association, told Media Guardian: "Today's RAJAR results prove unquestionably that Commercial Radio knows its local markets and knows it has to serve them. The locally relevant programming provided by our smaller stations has been rewarded with record audience levels, which have led to an increase in share overall for commercial radio this quarter." Of course the fact the commercial sector is getting bigger in terms of number of stations, and especially number of niche stations, probably makes the slow rise inevitable.

And anyway there was lots of good news for the Beeb. BBC Radio 2 maintains hold of its status as most popular radio station in the UK – the likes of Terry Wogan, Steve Wright and Jonathan Ross still pulling in the listeners. And fears that the departure of the legendary Jimmy Young might halt Radio 2’s rise seemed to be overcome. Although the latest figures do not cover the new show by Young’s full time replacement, Jeremy Vine, they did include a time when DJ Brian Hayes filled in for Young last Autumn – he actually added a quarter of a million listeners! On hearing the latest figures breakfast show host Wogan, whose show has an average of 7.8 million listeners each week, commented: "Don't dis' us man - it's a big-up from the coffin dodgers. Grey is the new black."

Also good news for Classic FM who not only saw their overall audience rise again, but are winning an increasingly big listenership among the 15-24 youth market – listening figures in that bracket were up 24%. Station bosses reckon their new schedule and new signings Katie Derham and 22 year-old Lisa Duncombe help the station appeal to younger listeners. "We are witnessing the birth of a new young generation of classical music fans," MD Roger Lewis told Media Guardian. "We have changed the schedule by 40% and are now reaching 6.7 million people with a 62.3% share of national commercial radio." The station hopes it can convert that young audience in particular into viewers of the brand’s new TV station – something of a classical MTV.

Mixed fortunes elsewhere in the BBC. BBC Radio 1’s overall audience figures fell once again (a decline at Radio 1, growth at Radio 2 now a regular trend), down 300,000 in the last quarter of 2002. However Radio 1 bosses will be stressing that they remain strong in their target 15-24 age group, and that the audience for Sara Cox’s breakfast show is growing again after a decline in the first half of 2002 – up 100,000 in the last quarter. Radio 1 bigwigs will be pointing out they were right to renew Cox’s contract even as listening figures fell.

BBC Radio 4 lost 114,000 listeners for the period but still holds the title of London's most listened to station. BBC Radio 5 Live were up again, with 437,000 listeners added in the last three months of the year.

Also good news for BBC London bosses who saw 124,000 new listeners tuning in – with a growth of audience share up to 3%. Needless to say station boss David Robey used the news to justify the station’s decision to go for talk shows over music: "These brilliant figures show the changes we have made to our schedule are now making a significant impact." The news will provide ammunition for BBC London bosses over the continued Londumb campaign which is lobbying the station to reinstate the quality specialist shows they axed last Autumn. Then again in such a competitive radio arena, where Chrysalis are investing heavily in its talk channels, and with Radio 4 and Radio 5 so London centric editorially, can BBC London justify itself on audience figures alone?

Most stations were able to find some positive spin to come from their listening figures – although Capital FM, already in the news because of its continued decline (see the article on www.cmuonline.co.uk), had to go on the defensive when it was revealed its breakfast show lost half a million listeners. But Capital MD David Mansfield seemed unfazed telling Media Guardian the latest figures were expected after "a year of significant disruption. All the disruption with Chris - would he stay or would he go? - unsettled the team here as well as the listeners.” To be fair, the fact that Capital was struggling was no secret – the real sign as to whether the station can turn its fortunes round will come in April’s RAJARS which will include audience figures for its new look breakfast show and its increasingly less pop-centric music policy. "We stand a very good chance of increasing our number of listeners in London. I hope to see some indication of this in the next Rajar figures," Mansfield says.

Other interesting result from latest RAJARS is that radio stations are increasingly being heard via TV, the internet and on digital radio sets, rather than by traditional analogue signals. A total of 16% of people have listened to the radio through their TV in the last three months and 12% have listened via the internet - up from 9.3% a year ago.

This is important news for digital only stations, and for local specialist stations who have a national reach via Sky and the web. This can be seen at Jazz FM who now have 300,000 listeners outside its actual broadcasting areas of London and Manchester.

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US DANCESTAR NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Dirty Vegas, Paul Oakenfold and DJ Sammy look set to dominate the US version of the dance music awards - Dancestar - which take place on the sands of South Beach, Miami on 19 Mar, apparently the first open air awards ceremony! Dirty Vegas are up for five awards (including Record Of The Year and Best Album), Oakenfold for four (including Best International DJ and Best Act) with DJ Sammy up for three awards.

The London version of the Dancestar event will take place in early July. Organisers also hope to stage an Asian version of Dancestar in December. Full nominations lists and information about the US event are at www.dancestar.com

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TOWNSHEND ENQUIRY PUSHED BACK
Police have confirmed they have pushed back the date that the Who's Pete Townshend has to return for further inquiries into the alleged child pornography offences: he was originally due to be questioned on Monday, but the meeting has been rescheduled for later in February. They wouldn’t say whether they or Townsend had requested the move.

Townshend continues to insist he has always been appalled by child pornography, stressing the steps he has taken in the past to oppose it, including posting a lengthy diatribe on his website, giving money to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's Full Stop campaign and reporting child porn web sites to the Internet Watch Foundation. Townsend hopes this last point will be crucial in his defense – although the IWF originally denied knowledge of being tipped off by Townsend they now admit that statement was incorrect.

Writing on his website Townsend says: "I, of course, know that I did communicate with them several times last year, and they have now supplied to us copies of my e-mails to them, one in August and the rest in November. My lawyers have written to the founder of the IWF, Mark Stephens, who was adamant that they had never heard from me, asking for an explanation."

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FRANKLIN DISPUTES POLICE CLAIMS OF BEING UNHELPFUL
Elsewhere in the world of 'pop stars in dispute with the law', word is Aretha Franklin is fed up with Detroit prosecutors threatening to slap her with a subpoena to get information about the fire that destroyed her home last October. Police reckon the fire was caused by arson and while Franklin isn’t a suspect police say she is not cooperating in their enquiries. In a statement Franklin told reporters: "Issuing press releases for television shows and daily newspapers to make me look uncooperative is simple not fair, true, or necessary. My attorneys will be in touch with them.”

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MINISTRY PLAN PHOTO ID DOOR POLICY
According to trade mag New Media Age the Ministry of Sound has hit on a new way to ensure blaggers don’t lie their way into the club by claiming to be a random person on the guest list. They are planning to get people on the list to send a picture of themselves in via their mobile phones prior to any event. Bouncers would then check arriving guests against their picture. Ministry are, of course, known for sending out misleading press releases to get some coverage so it might not be true, though this one sounds just about believable enough to be real.

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REVIEW: Adaptation OST (Virgin / Astralwerks)
Great films have good soundtracks, it’s a fact. Goodfellas, Trainspotting, Pulp Fiction, Oh Brother Were Art Thou, you see great films, good soundtracks. ‘Adaptation’ certainly looks like it could be a great film, Spike Jonze directs, Kaufman brothers screenplay. On the soundtrack side, Carter Burwell of Fargo fame writes the music. As it is all original though, what you get here is the main theme stretched over seventeen tracks, or should I say ‘atmospheric scores’. Background and all to a film, fine, but to listen to, not really. As a half-hearted bonus you get a so-so bland mix of the main theme by Fatboy Slim and ‘Happy Together’ by The Turtles – quite an ace sixties track that surely is on every other soundtrack ever. But still, looking forward to the film. DH
Release date: 24 Feb
Press contact: Virgin IH [all]

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WHITE STRIPES ANNOUNCE US RELEASE OF ALBUM NUMBER FOUR
A US release date has been set for the release of the new album from the White Stripes – ‘Elephant’ - their fourth album, and their first new release since they really broke through with the success of last album ‘White Blood Cells’. The album will be released in the US on 15 Apr on their own label Third Man, and distributed via V2.

Word is the new album continues to duo’s simple approach – though one track, ‘There's No Home for You Here’, tests out multi-tracked choruses and vintage keyboard accompaniment and on another – ‘In the Cold, Cold Night’ – Meg gets to sing. In an attempt to combat pre-release internet leaks the band’s label have sent out 500 promo copies of the album on vinyl – obviously you have to be a bit keener to go to the effort to make MP3s off a proper record.

No word yet on a UK release date via Beggars label XL.

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ZWAN ON TARGET FOR US NUMBER ONE
There’s a chance that the debut album for Billy Corgan's new band Zwan will enter the US albums chart at number one next week. Certainly 'Mary Star of the Sea' sold more units than current number one Norah Jones’ 'Come Away With Me' on Tuesday. If Zwan manages to continue the trend it will be quite an achievement. Although Norah has been at number one for three weeks there is a lot of media hype around her just now because of her expected run away success at the Grammy’s next month. The Zwan album is released here on 10 Feb on Warner label Reprise.

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LIVE REVIEW: InMe @ Norwich Waterfront on 26 Jan
I’ve never seen a queue like there was last Sunday night at the Waterfront in Norwich. Usually it’s the hot dog stand with the big queue. It’s clear that InMe have built up quite a grass roots following in their short time on the scene – and the gig showed me why. Support came from the punky Serafin, and Supergrass look-a-likes, Biffy Clyro; but the real treat was the set from three kids under 20 years old. Three often seems to be the magic number, and these fresh faced scallies still managed to fill the room and the stage with a sound and dynamism. Tracks like ‘Underdose’, Crushed Like Fruit’ and their second single, ’Firefly’, from their album ‘Overgrown Garden’, were all bashed out in energetic form. I feel embarrassed that what made me love the band was not there raw teenage angst represented on stage, nor even the catchy power chord driven anthems, but the voices that young singer/guitarist Dave McPherson gives his guitar: from blind powerful distortion, to John Barry-esque reverb and Pink Floyd-style delay. InMe are a reassuringly inventive band with vision and the energy to execute it brilliantly on stage. JG

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RAPPER JUVENILE ARRESTED
Even more musicians in trouble with the law. Rapper Juvenile was arrested in New Orleans on Wednesday on drug charges after police smelled, then saw, two burning marijuana cigarettes in the car in which he was travelling. On inspecting the car officers also found a small amount of cocaine. Living up to his stage name, Juvenile has frequently been in trouble with the law over the last few years. Most notably in Mar 2001, when the rapper was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a bottle, battery on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest without violence.

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STRIPPED DOWN ‘LET IT BE’ DUE FOR RELEASE
Apple Records is planning to release a revamped version of the Beatle’s Let It Be album. The line up of songs will be the same but each track will be stripped down of its orchestration (added back in 1970 by one Phil Spector) restoring the ‘back to basics’ concept that Paul McCartney was said to be originally aiming for with the album. The employment of Spector was John Lennon’s decision. By 1969 the band was collapsing and it is generally accepted McCartney wasn’t happy with Spector’s involvement or the album that came out of it. The reworked album has been in development for two years and was initiated with George Harrison’s blessing before his death.

"It's the de-Spectorized version," Ringo Starr told reporters talking about the rerelease. "Paul was always totally opposed to Phil. I told him on the phone recently, 'You're bloody right again: It sounds great without Phil.' Which it does. Now we'll have to put up with him telling us over and over again, 'I told you.'"

Veteran British producer Glyn Johns, who engineered the original sessions, welcomed the news that the stripped down ‘Let It Be’ will hit the record shops. "My version of the song 'Get Back' actually was released fairly quickly as a single. And my version of the song 'Let It Be' was also released, before Phil Spector puked all over it. And I hope you quote me on that. If you hear 'The Long and Winding Road' without all that schlock on it, it's fabulous just like it is."

The movie ‘Let It Be’ will also be released on DVD.

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NME GIG BANDS PLAY INSTORE ACROSS THE ROAD
Anyone who hasn’t managed to get tickets for the NME Awards Shows at the Asotria next month (and press tickets are hard to come by!), you can see a little bit of some of the artists - The Datsuns, Interpol and The Thrills – across the road at the Virgin Megastore on the afternoon of 9 Feb. All three will do ‘meet the fans’ sessions (whatever that means), Interpol and The Thirlls will also play. Unfortunately even the Virgin Megastore isn’t big enough to house an instore involving all of the Polyphonic Spree who will also appear at the Astoria that night.

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AGENT SAYS RADIO IS WHERE THE BIG MONEY IS AT
According to a leading talent agency radio is the new TV when its comes to million pound deals for presenters. Alex Armitage of the Noel Gay Agency, who represents Sir David Frost and leading radio hosts Jeremy Vine, Sarah Montague, Julian Worricker and Danny Baker, yesterday said very few TV personalities can command the wages of the top radio stars.

"Very, very few people in TV will earn as much as Chris Tarrant, Terry Wogan or Steve Wright do on the radio,” he said. "Television is more glamorous because you've got to wear makeup but radio is no longer the thing you do if you can't get on TV. There are a number of people working in radio who have no wish to get on TV at all."

"There are more and more radio stations, so the good presenters - people who can really hold a show together - are in demand," he said, explaining the growth in salaries for radio stars.

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THIRD GENERATION PHONES WILL LAUNCH IN MARCH
Phone giant Hutchison (former owners of Orange) have confirmed they will launch their new phone network – the first third generation network – in March. We have been waiting for 3G, which brings a whole range of quick video and interactive services to your mobile, ever since the mobile phone companies shelled out billions for the limited number of 3G licences available. The company has been showing off some of the phones which will be able to receive the new services – and although the new network hasn’t published its launch rates yet they are assuring consumers that they are aiming for mass market, meaning affordable technology, and affordable monthly fees. Content wise much of the service previews have concentrated on the sports channels 3G will offer (goal footage beamed to your phone as they are scored). Music will also feature as a tool for pulling people into the new technology, though its not yet clear exactly how.

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MTV IN INDIA SLAMS MTV US CARTOON
MTV’s operation in India has criticised its US counterpart for a new cartoon series which features various characters from history, and in particular for their depiction of Mahatma Gandhi sporting ear-rings. In a statement yesterday Alex Kuruvilla, MD of MTV India, said: "Following reports about the series, we have notified MTV US to discuss the show's content. In response, MTV US has taken this matter very seriously and feedback from them is forthcoming.” He added: “MTV India, which reflects the tastes and sensibilities of our local audiences, has no intention of airing the show in India".

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REVIEW: Turbonegro - Apocolypse Dudes / AssCobra (Burning Heart)
Ha ha! That’s so funny! ‘The Age of Pamparius’! Which Christmas cracker did *that* one come from? ‘Don’t Say Motherfucker, Motherfucker’? Gee what classics laughs. Readers, ignore Dave Grohl’s misguided endorsement (after all, he thinks Tenacious D are funny): Turbonegro are truly, truly awful. AWFUL. Having split in 1998, they’ve reformed more or less in time for the resurgences in both ScandoRock and Garage Rock, but frankly these two re-released albums serve only to remind us of why Scandinavian music had been ignored for so long. With none of the intelligence and class of The Sahara Hotnights nor the flair and melody of The Hives, Turbonegro’s cliched, humourless dirge puts the ‘b’ in Garage and marks a massive backward step for their countrymen. For shame. DR
Release date: 27 Jan
Press contact: Triad [all]

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ASH ON THEIR SPOOKY RECORDINGS
Ash have been talking to NME about their employment of a clairvoyant to exorcise the ghosts of 29 people from a building where they were filming their forthcoming mini-film come rockumentary 'Ash: Love and Destruction'.

Apparently the central London building (formerly used by the Sierra Leone consulate but now derelict) was so haunted cameras wouldn't work, things were going missing and there was an un-natural feeling of tension in the place. So the band hired Sharon Neill, a blind Northern Irish clairvoyant who has previously been used by the police to help with missing persons and murder enquiries, and a friend of Ash bassist Mark Hamilton.

"She walked into this building and nearly froze," Hamilton told NME. "She said the place was teeming, crawling with spirits. As we walked up the steps she'd stop every now and then and shudder. They were spirits who effectively still thought they were alive, trying to reach someone who could see them." Neill said she could detect 29 spirits in the building, many of whom she believed were soldiers. At least three, she said, had been murdered. You can read the full interview at www.nme.com.

Word is Ash are planning to bring Sharon, who recently guested on Xfm’s breakfast show, along to the NME Awards on 13 Feb.

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CROWE’S BAND DUET WITH HYNDE
Mr Russell Crowe will bring a new album out in Apr with his band 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts, and one of the tracks features a duet with Chrissie Hynde. Crowe and Hynde met last year in London and got on so well the duet project quickly came about – Hynde has now invited Crowe’s band to support the Pretenders when they tour America next month. Despite Crowe’s profile his band is yet to make it big. Although Crowe has said in the past he isn’t interested in using his fame to hype his music, wanting people to “discover it for themselves" – it looks like his band mates and record label might have persuaded him to try a bit harder with the next album release, which will be credited to 'Russell Crowe and Thirty Odd Foot Of Grunts’.

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CHRYSALIS HOPE TO ROLL OUT LBC FORMAT AROUND THE UK
Chrysalis Radio has confirmed it will enter the battle for the new radio licence in the West Midlands with a view to rolling out its recently acquired talk radio brand, LBC, around the country. Chrysalis chief exec Phil Riley explains: "Commercial speech radio has had great success in London and there is no reason why it can't be successful outside London. It hasn't been tried and I think we're the right company to do it.”

The revamped LBC, which launched at the start of the year, is as yet unproven, but Riley is optimistic. "By the time the WBC licence [WBC would be the name of the Birmingham station] is judged by the Radio Authority, we will have shown that we have turned the corner with LBC."

The bidding war for the new licence is currently dominated by rock stations. EMAP want to put its rock station Kerrang! Radio (which broadcast via TV network Freeview) into the frequency, GWR want to get an analogue licence for its digital rock station The Storm while Virgin Radio would like an FM licence in the area.

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MADONNA NOT SICK OF BRITAIN
Madonna has denied media reports she is planning to move back to LA because she’s depressed in London. She told the Sun that her mansion near Marble Arch is her favourite of her all her homes and that, despite the miserable weather, the schools and countryside in the UK are second to none. "I adore England and when I'm not there I miss it terribly. My home in Marble Arch is my favourite house. I put a lot of love and time into making a life for my family there. I prefer the schools in England and I love the English countryside. How many times do I have to say it? I love living in England."

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Answer to Thursday's pop quiz:
Which Paul McCartney track was banned by the BBC in 1972 – and what tricky political debate did it tackle?

The track was called ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’ – the topic pretty self evident. The song was denied radio play but still got to number 16 in the charts. Ireland, however, was not given back to the Irish.

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